Gary Ostafichuk. Photo courtesy Facebook.

A Prince Albert musician and producer has been approved for release on cocaine possession charges.

Gary Ostafichuk, 47, was in court on Friday after police seized 11.7 grams of cocaine, $170 in cash, and a 30-06 bolt action rifle during a traffic stop in the city at 11 p.m. Thursday night.

Also known as Gary O, Ostafichuk is a well-known name in northern Saskatchewan music circles. He has produced a number of albums and music videos for northern Saskatchewan artists.

He is in a band that released an album earlier this year, and hosts a number of local events in Prince Albert.

Ostafichuk faces charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and careless storage of a firearm.

He was arrested following an investigation by Prince Albert Police and the Integrated Street Enforcement Team.

On Friday, he was released on a $500 cash recognizance as well as a number of conditions.

He is due back in court in January.